Beast With A Gun – 70s Italian Crime Film

Film Title

Beast With A Gun/La Belva Col Mitra

Synopsis

A prison escapee races to put stitches in snitches before a police inspector can catch him.

Director

Sergio Grieco

Cast

Helmut Berger: Nanni Vitali
Marisa Mell: Giuliana Caroli
Richard Harrison: Comm. Giulio Santini
Marina Giordana: Carla Santini

Beast With A Gun is one of the films featured on a TV screen in Jackie Brown, so before watching it I wondered why it wasn’t included among the classics of the genre.

Almost Human – Poliziotteschi Review

Film Title

Almost Human (1974) - Milano odia: la polizia non può sparare

Synopsis

A kidnapping gone wrong. Plus, gay rape.

Director

Umberto Lenzi

Cast

Tomas Milian: Giulio Sacchi

Henry Silva: Commissario Walter Grandi

Laura Belli:Marilù Porrino

Sacchi shoots an old guy and, to make a show of his unparalleled meanness, disregards the two females present and forces the remaining man to fellate him at gunpoint.

Violent City – Citta Violenta Review

Film Title

Violent City - Citta Violenta - Also known as The Family, to shamelessly cash in on The Godfather's success

Synopsis

A hit man is double crossed, then triple crossed. Women are to blame.

 

Director

Sergio Sollima

Cast

Charles Bronson: Jeff Heston
Jill Ireland: Vanessa Shelton
Michel Constantin: Killain
Telly Savalas: Al Weber

With Bronson, when his hair was still black and his body was not puffy, his wife Jill Ireland when she was still hot and couldn’t afford a body double (yeah!), and Aristotelis Telly Savalas as bald as he’d always been.

Caliber 9 Italian Action Review

Film Title

Caliber 9 - Milano calibro 9

Synopsis

The mob tries to recover stolen money from the protagonist as the police squeeze him to rat on the mob.

Director

Fernando Di Leo

Cast

Gastone Moschin: Ugo Piazza
Barbara Bouchet: Nelly Bordon
Mario Adorf: Rocco Musco
Frank Wolfe: Police Commissioner
Luigi Pistilli: Mercuri
Ivo Garrani: Don Vincenzo

The opening of the film is a brutal mini-masterpiece showing the botched money shipment and the subsequent retribution.

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning Review

Film Title

Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning

Synopsis

80s Action stars pass the torch to new guys through allusions to great films from the 70s.

Director

John Hyams

Cast

Scott Adkins: John
Dolph Lundgren: Andrew Scott
Andrei Arlovski: Magnus
Jean-Claude Van Damme: Luc Deveraux
Mariah Bonner: Sarah

Van Damme looks suitably tormented and wearied by age, but, really, can a serious science fiction plot coexist in a movie promising bone crunchings galore and Lundgrenades of ridiculousness?

Vantage Point Review

Film Title

Vantage Point

Synopsis

Terrorists deploy decoys of decoys of decoys to get at The President. We see the same stuff a bunch of time from the same perspective, but a different… Vantage Point. 

Director

Pete Travis

Cast

Eduardo Noriega: Enrique
William Hurt: President Ashton
Dennis Quaid: Thomas Barnes
Matthew Fox: Kent Taylor
Forest Whitaker: Howard Lewis

It is not that I think a President of the U.S. would be above resorting to such ploys, it is that I don’t think he would be such an idiot.

Maniac: Movie Review

Film Title

Maniac

Synopsis

Frodo has a dark side.

Director

Franck Khalfoun

Cast

Nora Arnezeder: Anna
Megan Duffy: Lucie
America Olivo: Frank's Mother
Elijah Wood: Frank

Luckily, the film arrives at last the proverbial fireworks factory and ends on the same high note that Lustig and Savini hit three decades ago…